Apology and social harmony: the pedagogy of regret

Austin, Jon (2010) Apology and social harmony: the pedagogy of regret. The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 6 (3). pp. 59-67. ISSN 1832-2077

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Abstract

The delivery of formal apologies for harm done to generations of citizens by government policies and practices has provided a spectacular focus for processes of social healing and sustainability to potentially develop and take root. In the Australian context in particular, the notion of Apology has been at the forefront of federal government policies for the term of the current parliament. While the judiciousness, wording and delivery of such Apologies have been the subject of intense debate and disagreement, it would seem that there is a social catharsis benefit that flows from these types of public acts of contrition. The question that arises, however, is how to make such emotional attachment to social healing sustainable - how might the underlying motivational forces be sustained? One possible way is through formal educative means; that is, through the enfleshment of reconciliation plans with genuinely transformative educational work. This paper suggests a number of possible paths for a temporally-located event - an Apology - to become an on-going component of community renewal through schooling.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2010 (individual papers), the author(s). Paper S10_22697.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Jon Austin
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2010 05:57
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: education; social sustainability; apology; reconciliation; critical pedagogy; transformative practice
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7889

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